National Small Business Week kicked off Monday May 12th and runs through Friday, May 16th. Started by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the annual celebration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to America’s economy. The event is hosted by the Small Business Administration and includes workshops and expert keynotes on topics affecting small businesses., whether strategies for raising capital, better engaging customers or using social media for marketing. Below are some ways to get involved with this year’s weeklong celebration no matter where you are.
Join an online event. Several free webinars on small business topics will be held over the course of the week. Some examples include “creating a killer customer loyalty program” and “offering voluntary benefits to employees.” You must register for these events online so check out www.sba.gov/nsbw for a listing of all events and webcasts/webinars.
Attend a regional SBA in-person event. This year the SBA is hosting events in San Francisco, Boston, Kansas City and Washington D.C. Several guest speakers from many different industries and backgrounds will deliver speeches, while attending an in-person event will provide great networking opportunities with other small business owners.
Check out non-SBA events. Beyond the official SBA-hosted events, organizations and companies around the US are putting on their own live and online events for Small Business Week. Check out www.smallbiztrends.com for a listing of Small Business Week events in your specific area as well as other non-SBA hosted webinars and webcasts.